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    according to this morning's Al Jazeera, ALEC is now planning to get involved in local politics. since the organization has been very successful at gumming up the works at the state level throughout the country:

    http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/10/american-legislativeexchangecounc..

    not surprisingly, the Koch brothers have a strong connection to ALEC .. the top lobbyist for Koch Industries was once the chairman of ALEC, and the Koch brothers have given significant financial support over the years ..


    http://www.thenation.com/article/161973/alec-exposed-koch-connection#


    Proposition 122, Arizona's latest attempt to secede from the union, was written by the chief litigator for the Goldwater Institute, which has also received SUBSTANTIAL money from the Koch brothers ..

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Goldwater_Institute#Ties_to_the_Koch_Brothers
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    Proposition 122 was approved by Arizona voters in the mid term auctions that were held a few weeks ago, virtually guaranteeing that the state will be gong to court again to fight the Federal government.

    The latest news about ALEC is that the organization held a meeting in D.D. this week. Among other things, the meeting discussed dismantling the EPA, transferring control over fracking to state governments, expanding offshore drilling, and permitting delays to the implementation of the EPA's carbon emissions standards.

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/12/5/alec-looks-to-shredeparegulationsgivesvoicetoclimateskeptics.html

    Although a number of corporations are pulling out of ALEC, there are still an awful lot that still belong, and there are WAY too many state legislators that have ties to the organization:

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/ALEC_Corporations
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    One of the attorneys on Donald Trump’s disturbing phone call Saturday demanding that Georgia “find” votes for him is working with an organization fighting to terminate democratic elections of U.S. senators.

    Prominent conservative Republican lawyer Cleta Mitchell — a partner in the politically connected law firm Foley & Lardner — has been working with the American Legislative Exchange Council to challenge the results of the presidential election.

    The powerful, corporate-funded right-wing organization that includes state legislators and lobbyists is also battling to change the Constitution to eliminate Senate elections. Under the ALEC strategy, senators would instead be named by their various state legislatures, where the Republican Party has worked for decades to increase its power and influence.

    ALEC prepared a draft resolution in 2018 for state legislatures to call for the repeal of the 17th Amendment that required senators be chosen by voters.

    Just over a year after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won his first election, he spoke out in support of the strategy at an ALEC conference, saying in 2013 that he’d prefer it if state legislators, not voters, picked senators. Cruz is now leading the fight to challenge voters’ choice of President-elect Joe Biden.

    ALEC has consistently worked to “undermine democracy by the majority,” ALEC expert and Columbia University assistant professor Alexander Hertel-Fernandez has told HuffPost. The organization is continually “seeking ways to control by a minority,” he said.

    ALEC and Mitchell began last year preparing to challenge mail-in ballots for the presidential election only if Trump lost — long before the first vote was cast.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cleta-mitchell-alec-donald-trump-senate-elections_n_5ff25d39c5b6fd33110ed927

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    Republican attorney Cleta Mitchell resigned from her law firm Tuesday after advising President Trump on a phone call with Georgia state officials during which he urged them to find evidence that could overturn the state's November election results.

    Mitchell resigned her partnership from the Washington, D.C., office of Foley & Lardner following criticism of her involvement in the Jan. 2 phone call between Trump and Georgia officials.

    In a statement issued earlier this week, the law firm said it was "concerned" by Mitchell's participation in the call between the president and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and other state officials, which some legal experts have suggested may have violated state and federal law.

    https://www.npr.org/2021/01/06/953823383/attorney-on-call-with-trump-and-georgia-officials-resigns-from-law-firm

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    that guy in Arizona Wrote: according to this morning's Al Jazeera, ALEC is now planning to get involved in local politics. since the organization has been very successful at gumming up the works at the state level throughout the country:

    http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/10/american-legislativeexchangecounc..

    not surprisingly, the Koch brothers have a strong connection to ALEC .. the top lobbyist for Koch Industries was once the chairman of ALEC, and the Koch brothers have given significant financial support over the years ..


    http://www.thenation.com/article/161973/alec-exposed-koch-connection#


    Proposition 122, Arizona's latest attempt to secede from the union, was written by the chief litigator for the Goldwater Institute, which has also received SUBSTANTIAL money from the Koch brothers ..

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Goldwater_Institute#Ties_to_the_Koch_Brothers
    ALEC is symptomatic of a Theo-philosophy based upon political economic theory that has no basis in reality. Libertarianism is the philosophy of a spoiled 4 year old. So-called free market economics is irrational at best and damaging to society at worst. Expect this to continue as the evil combination of unlimited money, unrestrained lobbyists, rigid demagogues and simple stupidity runs rampart.